A report for The Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis has concluded that EU and non-EU students currently benefit the Dutch economy albeit to quite different degrees.
The VU (De Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) is winding down its degree in Dutch due to its small enrollment. It is introducing an English language test for all applicants for its English taught degrees.
Reports: Dutch News.nl
During the academic year 2016-17 over 112,000 international students studied in Dutch higher education. This is the highest number ever recorded in the Netherlands. With almost 2,800 students in the Netherlands, the United Kingdom continued its stable growth (+460 in 2016-17), now taking 5th place.
The recently published report, Update: Incoming student mobility in Dutch higher education 2016-17 by Daan Huberts on behalf of Nuffic (the Netherlands Organisation for Internationalisation in Higher Education) can be found here.
His talk was shut down by organized chanting in its original venue, and disrupted when it was shifted to a nearby room and livestreamed. When Murray and his faculty interlocutor, Allison Stanger, then left to go to their car, they were surrounded by a mob, which tried to stop them leaving the campus. Someone in the melee grabbed Stanger by the hair and twisted her neck so badly she had to go to the emergency room (she is still suffering from a concussion). After they escaped, their dinner at a local restaurant was crashed by the same mob, and they had to go out of town to eat.
This event, described in The Daily Intelligencer, was clearly more controversial than most of those held in Dutch universities! The Intelligencer article explains the students’ reactions in terms of intersectionality, a theory that focuses on the interconnectedness of forms of discrimination. Although the term and the actions it has inspired are fairly recent, literary theory has for a long time insisted that, for example, feminist analyses of texts should take account of, for example, the interlocking differences of class, colour, and sexuality. A quick internet search will throw up all sorts of pro- and anti-intersectionality opinions, along with links to
Interview with Kimberlé Crenshaw, who first formulated intersectionality (The New Statesman).
4 PhD positions at the Institute for Historical, Literary and Cultural Studies (0.8 – 1.0 FTE) in Nijmegen.
‘Xi calls for more thought control on China’s campuses‘ – this may look like a hostile newspaper headline, but it is from The South China Morning Post, a major Hong Kong paper that is not considered inimical to the government: ‘Xi’s remarks are part of an ongoing ideological campaign in academia. A year ago, then minister of education Yuan Guiren declared Western values “not suitable for class”, causing an outcry at home and concern overseas.’
‘Xi Calls for Universities to Be Communist “Strongholds”’ from The China Digital Times.
‘China’s vice president orders more thought control over students’ from The Telegraph: ‘Mr Xi… also told university chiefs to closely monitor lecturers, especially those starting their academic careers. ‘
One of the underlying beliefs of these announcements is the importance of universities in society.
The group who studied, slept, then restudied showed better initial test performance in the relearning session, and their relearning of forgotten items at this session was quicker, as compared with the group who’d studied in the morning then had their relearning session in the evening. Moreover, the study/sleep/relearn group outperformed the study/awake/relearn group both at the one-week retest and the six-month re-test.
Is an arts degree still worth doing? A host of writers explain what they got out of it
At the following link you will find six quick evidence-based tips for learning and revision:
More than half of Dutch university courses are taught entirely in English, the Volkskrant said on Friday. The paper looked at 1,632 different degree courses at the country’s 13 universities and found 60% are now in English. When it comes to master’s degrees, just 30% are taught in Dutch and three universities only offer master’s degrees in English.
Read more at DutchNews.nl: English takes over at Dutch universities, just 40% of courses still in Dutch http://www.dutchnews.nl/news/archives/2016/08/english-takes-over-at-dutch-universities-just-40-of-courses-still-in-dutch/